Help in choosing a restored or used Steinway grand piano
Comparison Between Steinway Grand Pianos: S, M & O
- Model S 5ft 1″ commonly found in mahogany, restored Steinway S’s are often refinished in black.
- Model M 5ft 7″, normally in Mahogany; restored model M’s are often refinished in black. All with square tapered legs.
- Model O 5ft 10” usually in Rosewood or Mahogany. Early model O’s had turned legs and later it changed to square tapered. Model O’s are about 40% of all Steinway pianos available. The best have a rich, full and powerful tone
- Model A 6ft 3″ normally found in rosewood or mahogany, earlier ones with turned legs and later with square tapered. The best have a rich, full and powerful tone. (They make up for 20% of Steinway pianos)
- Model B around 7ft, these are uncommon second hand pianos, and much sought after
- Model D 8ft 10“, concert grands; older used ones usually need extensive reconditioning
Table of models
O5’10”1900 The Steinway model O is one of the more common models of Steinway in the UK. We often have several in stock.
Information. The rarest size of used Steinway; out of 100 Steinways in the UK about one will be a model S.
The main competitor to the S is the 4ft 11in Bluthner model IV baby grand which is much more common.
|M||5’6″, 5’6″ 3/4, 5’7″||1911, 1914, 1918||Steinway model M, also known as the “medium grand” is a common grand that we have in stock. Highly recommended for medium to mid-large sized rooms. Often available in rosewood or more modern polyester black. A resonant mid-sized grand from the German manufacturer. See our stocklist for availability. Information|
|O||5’10 1/2||c1900||The model O is one of the most common Steinways available. Formerly manufactured in New York; manufactured in Hamburg from about 1900. More information|
|L||5’10 1/2″||1923||Manufactured in New York. More information|
|A||6’1″||1878||The A was the shortest model up to about 1900. The Steinway model A is a resonant mid-sized Steinway grand. Recommended for medium to large sized domestic settings. Mainly old-styled ones available in the UK with fretted music desk and elephant legs. Information|
|A II||6’2″||1896||Formerly Manufactured in New York now manufactured in Hamburg from 1923. More information|
|A III||6’4″ 1/2||1913- 1947|
|B||6’11″, 6’10”||1872, 1884||The model B Steinway grand is an excellent piano suited for medium to large concert spaces or large domestic environments. The length makes for a clear tenor section and longer keys allow greater dynamic expression. More information|
|Discontinued in 1913 but is occasionally produced in Hamburg from 1923. More information|
|D||8’5″, 8’6″, 8’9″,
1876, 1884, 1915
|Information. Steinway model D is the largest Steinway grand piano. Used in many top concert halls and conservatories around the world. We do occasionally stock these. However, they are rare on the market and most concert halls sell them once they have been well used. Occasionally you can find modern model D’s for sale that were used as hire pianos.|
Frequently asked questions
Is my Steinway worth restoring?
Almost every Steinway grand is worth restoring. Uprights vary in terms of investment value of restoration. Please inquire for a free valuation.
How can I maintain my Steinway?
Keep the room from being too dry or too damp. Use a damp cloth to clean wooden cases and barely damp for polyester. We do not recommend cleaning the dampers yourself, it is best to ask your tuner to do so